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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-15       Article Source : NewsFactor

Open-source vendor SugarCRM announced the beta release of Sugar Suite 4.0, an application the company claims has enough functionality to attract enterprises of every size.
 
Sugar Suite 4.0 has been developed with many more features than its predecessors. It has advanced-reporting capabilities and customizable dashboards, including campaign management, workflow management, and access control. Plus, the new version will come with enhanced lead-sharing capabilities and e-mail-handling features.

The additions of these features are in response to requests from the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-11       Article Source : InformationWeek

The U.S. government aims to develop open-source software to improve the performance of software-defined radios in urban environments.
 
The advantage of software-defined radio (SDR) is that it shifts many of the functions of hardware into software, which can be more easily reconfigured to achieve a desired result. For example, a SDR might be able to pick up a weak transmission by changing signal processing techniques. In essence, SDRs combine the flexibility of computers with variable, long-range wireless networking options.
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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-11       Article Source : InformationWeek

There's a reason SugarCRM Inc. is fast becoming a serious option on the customer-relationship-management front: constant innovation. And because it's an open-source vendor, SugarCRM doesn't have to innovate alone--it's getting plenty of help from its customers.
 
Hence, the release next week of Sugar 4.0, the most collaboratively produced offering from SugarCRM since it first brought its product to market in July 2004. And like Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0, which debuted this week, SugarCRM has its sights set on big companies

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sun Microsystems is betting on the expansion and success of open source, the need to conserve space, and the desire to keep energy costs down, as it delivers thousands of new servers and releases its UltraSparc T1 processor code.
 
The company is trying to come from behind to beat its competitors with its new Sun Fire T1000 and T200 servers with CoolThreads technology. Sun touted the products as the world's first eco-responsible servers and promised they will set new standards

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-10       Article Source : NewsFactor

Open-source technology provider XenSource has introduced virtualization software designed to help enterprises manage the growing number of virtual server deployments in their data centers.
 
The XenOptimizer infrastructure-management technology includes the next-generation Xen 3.0 open-source software, which provides virtualization capabilities for Linux-based enterprise systems.

Expanding Market

Virtualization is attractive to corporate customers in that it allows a system to run multiple operating systems simultaneously in separate containers, which in theory can help reduce operational costs.

The virtualization

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-09       Article Source : InformationWeek

Red Hat will launch certification and support services for leading open-source LAMP and Java stacks beginning in the first quarter of 2006.
 
Such service offerings were pioneered by innovative startups such as SpikeSource and SourceLabs.

During the first calendar quarter of 2006, Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat will begin providing three service offerings for the core LAMP Web application stack, as well as for Java and enterprise Java open-source middleware stacks.

Red Hat's Web Application Stack is for simple

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-09       Article Source : Server Pipeline

Linux and other server administrators now have a fully open source directory server available to them for the first time with the release on Friday of Fedora Directory Server 1.0, an offshoot of the Red Hat Directory Server that was acquired from AOL a year ago.
 
Fedora Directory Server (FDS) adds full access to the code for the console and administration engine, joining the earlier open sourcing of the software's core LDAP engine. A statement from the project's directors noted

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-06       Article Source : InfoWorld

JBoss on Monday is set to make enterprise transactional software part of its open source software portfolio. The company is announcing its acquisition of the ArjunaTS (Transaction Service) technology from Arjuna Technologies and Hewlett-Packard.
 
Geared toward the Java and Web services realms, Arjuna will be transitioned from a commercial product to an open source offering, renamed JBoss Transactions and added to the JBoss Enterprise Middleware System (JEMS).

The JBoss-branded version of the product will be introduced in the first

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-05       Article Source : InfoWorld

All this love for open format coming from the government ranks of Massachusetts is nice, but where are the products to help make this Open Document dream a reality? IBM is now stepping to the plate with an Open Document Format-based offering to join Sun Microsystems' StarOffice and OpenOffice.org.
 
Big Blue on Monday plans to announce support for the ODF standard in an upcoming release of its Workplace Managed Client application.

The productivity tools in Version 2.6 of the

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-04   

Corporate adoption of Linux desktops is hindered by the inability to run Windows applications, the difficulty of installing and managing peripheral devices and the challenge of making users feel comfortable with the open-source operating system, a survey shows.

With desktop Linux remaining an anomaly in businesses, the Open Source Development Lab decided to identify technical and social barriers to its adoption. The number one inhibitor, according to an online survey in October that received 3,300 responses, was the lack of support for

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-03       Article Source : InfoWorld

Bowing to the open source mantra, Sun Microsystems officials on Wednesday said the company is packaging multiple software products from its catalog as the Solaris Enterprise System, anchored by the Solaris OS, and offering it all for free.

The intention is to increase volume through the free distribution of these products and then build revenue through selling related support, services, and Sun hardware. Sun sees its platform as an alternative to the ubiquitous Windows platform.

"I think we've seen consistently that

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-03       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Firefox 1.5 is available now at getfirefox.com and mozilla.com. The Mozilla site is the "new home" of Firefox and Thunderbird, replacing Mozilla.org as the download address for Mozilla's browser and open-source e-mail application.

A Mozilla spokesperson said Mozilla.com is now home to Mozilla, a taxable corporation spun out from the Mozilla Foundation in August. Mozilla will handle all of the consumer-facing software from the open-source group, as well as merchandise such as Mozilla T-shirts.

Mozilla had released three test release

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

The KDE Project on Tuesday released the newest version of the popular KDE graphical desktop for Linux, KDE 3.5, with improvements to the bundled Konqueror browser and a new-found ability to handle widget-style applications.
 
Konqueror now passes the Acid2 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) test, the second browser to do so. (Apple's Safari, which uses Konqueror's rendering engine, was the first.) The free browser also now includes an ad-block tool to filter Web page advertisements.

On the desktop, KDE now

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-02       Article Source : eWeek

Linux desktops have always faced an uphill battle against Windows desktops. Now, OSDL is calling together architects from over two-dozen key desktop-oriented Linux projects to a Dec. 1-2 meeting at its headquarters to set strategic directions and standards, and find synergies amongst Desktop Linux organizations.
 
Armed with detailed information about what Linux desktop users really want from their desktops from a recent OSDL (Open Source Development Labs Inc.) survey, the developers will attempt to fix the technical problems keeping Linux

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-30       Article Source : NewsFactor

For the past 20 years Microsoft has been pushing its Office productivity suite, which is a major reason why it has become so entrenched in the business environment. Each time an alternative has shown up, the software giant typically has adapted to these competitive threats by shifting its focus with ease.

However, with Massachusetts ousting Microsoft Office and governments around the world moving to open-source software, is the threat posed by open-source alternatives, such as OpenOffice and Sun's Star Office, becoming more

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